Justin Bieber’s arrest last week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and other offenses adds his name, and mug shot, to the gallery of stars who enjoyed early success and eventually ended up in handcuffs.
Justin Bieber exits from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Florida. (AFP photo)
Bieber’s fate remains unclear. While his arrest may not lead to a lengthy jail term, it is the latest incident in a string of bad behaviour that has the Canadian pop singer under investigation for felony vandalism and facing a lawsuit over a confrontation with a paparazzo.
Daniel Meachum, an attorney who has represented celebrities such as Michael Vick and Wesley Snipes, says that young stars face extraordinary scrutiny of their actions and their response to early trouble will resonate for years. “Wisdom only comes with experience,” Meachum says. “And, Bieber does not have that yet. What you hope is that people around him can impart that wisdom on him in such a way that it keeps him from making mistakes in the future.”
The 19-year-old singer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Despite receiving praise and attention early in her career, American actor Lindsay Lohan’s 2007 arrests for DUI and drug possession haunt her even today. While the 27-year-old has put those cases behind her, she remains on probation for a necklace theft case and for lying to police about her role in a car crash. After several stints in jail and rehab, she was ordered to remain in treatment until her probation ends later this year. Her return to acting glory now remains elusive.
His 2009 arrest, hours before the Grammy Awards for the brutal beating of then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, shattered his squeaky-clean image. The American singer’s career rebounded and he won a Grammy Award, but has stumbled in recent months with allegations that he hit a man outside a hotel. Brown now faces a tight deadline to complete 1,000 hours of community labour.
The former American actor got her own variety show when she was still a teenager. The child star avoided trouble until she was arrested for grazing a sheriff’s patrol car in 2012. Since then, she has been repeatedly arrested for driving without a license. Her parents have revealed that Bynes, 27, had been suffering from mental illness in recent months and was experiencing extreme paranoia.
O’Neal made Hollywood history when she became the youngest person at age 10 to win an acting Oscar for her role in Paper Moon. The 50-year-old actor detailed her long struggles with addiction in a 2004 memoir, but was arrested four years later on suspicion of cocaine possession. She said she was stopped before relapsing and credited the arrest with saving her life and keeping her sober.
Furlong’s role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) made him a star at age 14, but he has struggled in recent years with addiction and several domestic violence-related cases. He avoided jail time when he was sentenced in July to three months in rehab and counseling. His career in major Hollywood productions has been dormant for years.
A teen Canadian heartthrob, who starred in films such as The Lost Boys and Lucas, Haim endured a difficult and drug-addled transition to adulthood. In 1993, he was arrested for threatening his business manager with a gun. He also struggled for years with drugs and his co-star and friend Corey Feldman has spoken about repeated attempts to help the actor. Haim died in 2010 from pneumonia complications.